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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.

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Jan 16, 2018 Isidore Mankofsky;
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Presents pure spirituals as they were sung during the 19th century on St. Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast.  Was made on the San Fernando Valley St. Coll. Campus.  Songs include: Moses, Yonder Comes Day, Buzzard Lope (Throw Me Anywhere Lord), Adam in the Garden (Picking up Leaves), and Down in the Mire (Bright Star Shinning in Glory).  Singers are: John Davis, Emma Ramsay, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, Bessie Jones.
Topics: singing, spirituals, Georgia Sea Islands
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Jan 16, 2018 Ray Garner
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In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
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Jan 16, 2018 Milan Herzog?
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Ever wanted to take a peek at the inside of the world's largest Van De Graaff generator? The engaging Dr. David Lutyens does that here, and pulls apart a small one to show how it's constructed. This "lost" film was never distributed, and is a rare Kodachrome answer print from the collection of the late Milan Herzog. We surmise that it was intended to be part of a series entitled 'Physics Course for Secondary Schools,' to be distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica films. Here, Lutyens...
Topics: Van De Graaff generator, electrostatics
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Jan 16, 2018 Herman J. Engel
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Compares water with benzene as a gas, liquid and solid, and explains the distinctive properties of water in terms of hydrogen bonding between molecules. Features experiments by John A. Skarulis and William H. Pasfield.
Topic: chemistry
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Jan 16, 2018 Paul Hoeffler Productions
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Depicts a whale hunt in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Shows life on board the whaler and events preparatory to the finding and killing of these mammals. Explains that whaling is an important industry centered at the port of Durban in South Africa.
Topic: whaling
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Jan 12, 2018 Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
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Aug 6, 2017 Kevin Smith
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Qualitative demonstrations of photoelectric effect, using sun and carbon as sources. Experiments measure energy of photoelectron emitted from a potassium surface. With John Strong, assisted by William T. Plummer. The film was directed by Gene Kearney, noted for his film adaptation on Conrad Aiken's 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' ( https://archive.org/details/silent_snow_secret_snow  )
Topic: PSSC physics
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Aug 6, 2017 Stephen White
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Using a large-scale Millikan apparatus, the value of the Coulomb force constant is determined. Hosted by professor Eric M. Rogers.
Topic: PSSC physics
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Mar 18, 2017 Scholastic Magazines, inc.
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   This is one of the films in the 'Toute La Bande' series. This film is a landmark of interracial personal relationships in educational films. In his book 'Films You Saw in School,' (McFarland) Geoff Alexander writes: ‘Toute La Bande’ was an exceptional thirteen-part French language instruction series of 1970, created by language educator Mary Glasgow and produced by Donald Carter. [1] Each film in the series consists of a light drama, sequentially beginning with the arrival of a student...
Topics: French, foreign language teaching
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Mar 18, 2017 Stuart Roe
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This film contrasts the peaceful pace of nature with the daily activity of society in order to show the importance of conservation. It promotes an appreciation of outdoor life by contrasting the separate activities of a California family in the city with their togetherness on a weekend camping trip in a primitive area. Photographed by John Lindstrom, it features the Harrang family.
Topic: nature
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Mar 16, 2017 Francis R Line; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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Shows yearly spring migration of a herd of 1,547 sheep across the wildest, most inaccessible area of the United States - the Tonto Basin near Phoenix, Arizona.  Diorector Line traveled for 52 days on foot along with 60 y/o driver Rosalillo (sp?) Lucero, through Salt River near Phoenix, and storm-driven Sierra Ancho range, where they spent 9 days traveling and camping in the rain.Finishes at Mogillón River in White Mountains.  Many shots of filmmaker Line, harrowing foootage of sheep, horses,...
Topic: Arizona
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Mar 1, 2017 Time, Inc. March of Time
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   This 1948 film takes a critical look at the commercial radio broadcasting industry, focusing on its excessive commercialism It includes, from 9:08 to 9:51, footage of Lee de Forest, inventor of the grid Audion, reading his famous admonition to the NAB: “To the National Association of Broadcasters, New York City. Gentlemen: What have you done to my child, the radio broadcast? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America’s mass...
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Topics: radio, celebrities, Lee de Forest
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Jan 16, 2017 Internatonal Film Foundation
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This most interesting film describes a typical day of an upper-class teenage boy in Mexico City. We begin by joining a typical upper class Mexican family at breakfast. Soon, his friend picks him up in a new Opel coupe to go to the Escuela Moderna Americana prep school. There are no Mexican Indians in the film, with the possible exception of the family maid. The film essentially portrays elements in the family culture, education, and socialization of Mexico's future leaders.   Films such as...
Topics: Mexico City, teenager
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Jan 16, 2017 Tibor Hirsch
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This film conveys the mood, feeling and sights of Puerto Rico with humor and emotional impact. Beginning satirically, island music and dance are integrated into an impressionistic film which shows the island's atmosphere and its land and people. About director Hirsch, his cousin Gábor Hirsch writes: "He was born 28 May, 1929 in Vésztö a Hungarian town in Hungary. He lived and made his elementary and high school studies in Békéscsaba. In 1944, after the German invasion of Hungary, he...
Topic: Puerto Rico
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Jan 16, 2017
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This film discusses the pottery industry of Puebla, Mexico and describes the creation of Talavera tile. Here we see the entire process, beginning with digging mud and preparing clay. The film shows potters, painters, and firing in the kilns of the La Trinidad factory. Shows use of lead-based slip (not approved by OSHA) and perforated squares used to outline the designs in the tiles for the painters.   A beautiful and lost film detailing an important element in the culture of Puebla.
Topics: Mexico, pottery
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Aug 9, 2016 Ray Garner
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A film on mountain-climbing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Glenn Exum, Virginia Garner, and Paul Petzoldt demonstrate mountaineering techniques and equipment. They reach the peak, shake hands, and rappel and glissade to base of mountain. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
Topic: Grand Teton
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Aug 9, 2016 Ray Garner
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This film brings alive the life and times of thousands of years ago in ancient Israel. Depicts the beauty of the land which gave birth to three religions, the sites where heroic deeds took place, and the towering splendor of the ancient works. For more on Ray Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
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Topic: Israel
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Aug 8, 2016 Ray Garner
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This film was originally produced with a musical soundtrack, now lost. It features compelling shots of Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
Topic: Grand Canyon
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Jul 27, 2016 Encyclopedia Britannica; Stanley Croner
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Follows contemporary American poet James Dickey on a three week lecture tour. Reveals the actual thoughts and feelings of the poet through his conversations and poetry readings.
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Topics: james dickey, poet
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Jun 10, 2016 John Barnes
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Part III of director John Barnes’ four-part opus on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Oedipus, representing the worldly liberal thought infusing Greek civilization, is beaten by the gods. The play asserts that man, no matter how great his ability, is subordinate to God. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes...
Topics: Oedipus, classical Greece
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Jun 10, 2016 John Barnes
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Lecturer David Grene analyzes Greek lyric poetry, showing the place of poetry in private social gatherings, in the temples of the gods, in the great athletic stadia, and in the theaters. Mr. Grene gives special attention to the works of Sappho, Pindar, and Aeschylus. Includes a dramatization of the choral ode from Agamemnon. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Greek poetry
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Jun 10, 2016 John Barnes
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Observes the work of intern Karin Mack at Philadelphia Hospital, showing various duties and the way in which she deals with medical, emotional, and human problems in a large, poor, city hospital. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: internship
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Jun 10, 2016 John Barnes
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Part II of director John Barnes’ four-part opus on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes from the play show the actions and motives of Oedipus. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Oedipus, classical Greece
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May 10, 2016 Clifford B. West
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Here, Clifford West explores the human body through non-traditional abstract focusing technique. Norma Dupire, the model in the film, writes: "I was a 20-yr-old student wife working as an art model in Detroit and pregnant with my first child. I borrowed a car on a summer morning in 1962 to get out to the studio in Mr. West's house in Bloomfield Hills. It was a three-hour session of easy poses because most of that time Mr. West was adjusting equipment. His directing was quite relaxed, he...
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Topics: poetry, experimental
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May 10, 2016 Lane Slate
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#7 in the "Circus" series. Studies the artistry of past and present trapeze artists through use of old and new film footage. Features Alfredo Cadona, Antoinette Concello, the flying Artones, the flying Alexanders and Adrian Catarzi. Spotlights the triple somersault, one of the most difficult circus skills. Directed by Mallory Slate, produced by Lane Slate, edited by David Hanser.
Topics: acrobats, trapeze
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May 10, 2016 BFA Films
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Akira, a Japanese-American youth, describes how it feels to be a part of two cultures. At home, traditional Japanese customs are practiced. At school and with his friends, he leads a typical American boy's life. Today, several decades later, Akira Tana is one of the best-known jazz drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area: www.akiratana.com
Topic: minorities
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May 10, 2016 Encyclopedia Britannica
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This exceptional film was made during the eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island. Shows stages of volcanic activity and a detailed view of a major volcanic eruption. Describes techniques used in measuring earthquake activity. Here are terrific shots of geotometers and seismographs. In making the film, editor Ulf Backstrom held filmmaker Bert Van Bork by the belt while he took precipitous shots hanging over lava vents. Van Bork burned through two pairs of Hush Puppies while filming....
Topics: volcanoes, geology
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May 10, 2016 Departmento de Instruccion Publica, Division de Educacion de la Comunidad
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This film presents the traditional music of Puerto Rico. Tracing the influences of various people of Puerto Rico on the music, the accents of "La Plena" are heard in the music of typical songs and are illustrated by the San Juan Ballet troupe. This rare film was made for the Puerto Rican government, and focuses on the "bomba" and "plena" song forms, and on the mountain jíbaro culture in which they thrive. Music is by Sindo Mangual y su grupo de pleneros, Mon...
Topics: Puerto Rico, jibaro, jíbaro
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May 10, 2016 Merle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
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Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in...
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Topic: player pianos
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May 10, 2016 Ginny Hashii; Carousel Films
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This film offers a profile of a Japanese-American family who teach their daughter the traditions and arts of their ancestors, which they have incorporated into their American lifestyle. The family is Vic and Joyce Hiraga, daughters Jenny and Julie, and Joyce's mother Mary Fujiwara. Origami, flower arranging, and cooking are discussed. There is also a brief discussion of Japanese-American internment war camps. The film emphasizes relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
Topics: Japanese-Americans, internment camps
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Dec 30, 2015 Berlet Films
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Presents a history of the greater sandhill crane, including the conservation efforts to save this once endangered species. For more on directors Walt and Myrna Berlet, visit http://www.afana.org/berlet.htm
Topic: birds
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Nov 12, 2015 John Barnes
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In what might be the most fascinating and unusual promotional film ever made for an institution of higher learning, director John Barnes delivers what is essentially a 32 minute pan shot pastiche of life at an eastern college. St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the subject. Reminiscent of Barnes' museum pans filmed in England and Italy, he moves horizontally through classrooms and laboratories, capturing abstract philosophical discussions, Euclidian mathematical constructions,...
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Topics: College, classical education
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Oct 31, 2015 Weston Woods
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Director Gene Deitch interviews author and illustrator of children's books Tomi Ungerer. An engaging and funny man, Ungerer is one of the darkest of all writers of children’s books. He takes an absolute joy in being an iconoclast, discusses his fear of the dark, and how children enjoy the terror in his books. He defends children's innate intelligence, and notes the harm in being overly protective. Not a word is mentioned about the fact that he’s also a noted ribald adult cartoonist. This...
Topics: illustration, picture books
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Oct 31, 2015 Weston Woods
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A guided tour of the Weston Woods Studios, both past and present (1981), showing the unique artistic processes used in adapting books to motion pictures and filmstrips. Tour guided by Morton Schindel, the founder and president of the company. Author Gerald McDermott is shown reading from his book "Arrow to the Sun." For more on Schindel and Weston Woods, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
Topics: children's books, picture books, animation
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Oct 30, 2015 Weston Woods
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Discusses the qualities that make up Weston Woods picture books. Presents three authors/artists who make their living writing picture books (Robert McCloskey, Barbara Cooney, and Maurice Sendak). Exhibits samples of the works of 36 illustrators plus the complete films 'TIME OF WONDER' and 'A SNOWY DAY.' For more on Weston Woods founder Morton Schindel, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
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Topics: picture books, illustrations
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Oct 30, 2015 Weston Woods
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Steven Kellogg, children's book author and illustrator, describes the steps involved in creating his "The island of the Skog", a picture book about the adventures of a group of mice.
Topics: illustration'picture books, children's books
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Oct 30, 2015 Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
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Oct 9, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Dr. Gilbert Highet points out that the Odyssey is an epic peom and a tale of heroic conflict, that the story has three different themes skillfully interwoven, and that all three are based on one central moral truth. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece
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Oct 9, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Dr. Gilbert Highet presents the basic framework of the Odyssey, providing the general background of the Trojan War and the events in Odysseus' home while he was away. Dramatizes highlights of the travels of Odysseus. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece
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Oct 9, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An analysis of good and evil in the character of Macbeth as interpreted by actor-director Douglas Campbell. Gives a dramatic portrayal of scenes from the play that show how the lust for violence overcame the good in Macbeth.For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topic: Shakespeare
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Oct 9, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Examines the theme of the play Macbeth, replete with concealed meanings and paradoxical situations. Features dramatic portrayals of scenes from the play by director-actor David Campbell and other actors of the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon, Ontario, and the Old Vic in London. For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topic: Shakespeare
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Oct 9, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An interpretation of the characters in Macbeth is presented by Douglas Campbell, Shakespearean actor and director, as he analyzes the roles of Macbeth, Duncan, and the witches. Examines the relationship of the leading characters in the play. Directors, Douglas Campbell, John Barnes. Cast: Members of the Stratford Festival Foundation of Canada. For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topics: Shakespeare, Macbeth
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Sep 4, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime.
Topics: marcel marceau, pantomime
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Aug 10, 2015 J Presper Eckert; Ernest Nagel; Charles R DeCarlo; KQED-TV
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J P Eckert, co - inventor of Eniac, discusses the question 'WILL MACHINES EVER RUN MAN.' Dr Ernest Nagel of Columbia University and Dr De Carlo of IBM point out man's responsibility in using science and technology." Also A.L. Samuel, IBM; Richard Hamming; Larry Roberts, M.I.T. Speech Recognition program; Norbert Wiener, M.I.T. Emeritus
Topic: computer history
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Aug 9, 2015 National Educational Television Film Service.; KQED-TV
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Explores the design and simulation capacities of the digital computer. Shows how the computer is used in a chemical plant, a sugar refinery and a flight center where it plays an important role in the designing and testing of the booster stage of the Saturn rocket." Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL's Dr. Helmut Holzer; Thomas Barron, Shell Development; C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA with IBM 1401 computer and Richard Brooks, Coordinator of Operations & Research;...
Topic: computer history
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Aug 9, 2015 Richard O Moore; KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Explains how the development of the computer has made possible the automatic control of routine tasks in government, industry and general business. Shows how computers are used by the Social Security Administration and by several industrial plants." Shows computer at Numerical Machining Co. in Cleveland; Standard Oil's El Segundo plant & IBM 836 (?); Richard Hamming; Jay Wright Forrester, M.I.T., George Dantzig, UC School of Engineering
Topic: computer history
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Aug 9, 2015 KQED, NET Film Service,
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Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,...
Topic: computer history
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Aug 9, 2015 KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Discusses the history of computer development from the first mechanical calculator invented by Blaise Pascal in the 17th century to Babbage calculator, to Eniac, the first completely electronic calculator, built in the mid - 1940's. Discusses Von Neumann's binary system. Explains in lay terms how a computer solves a problem." Features J. Presper Eckert, co-inventor of ENIAC; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger of RAND Corp.
Topic: computer history
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Aug 8, 2015 Richard O Moore; Irving Saraf; Morton Subotnick; KQED-TV ; National Educational Television and Radio Center.
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Series funded by a grant from IBM. Discusses the computer revolution and the relationship between man and machine. Explains how the computer can process millions of bits of data in seconds and can handle as many arithmetic figures in one minute as a man can handle in a lifetime." Artist of series was Wayne Ensrud; Music was by Morton Sobotnik. This film features Dr. Richard Wesley Hamming of Bell Labs and Prof. Ernest Nagel of Columbia U.
Topic: computer history
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Aug 7, 2015 Film Associates; Dennis Roshay
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Follows the course of a waterfall from its source through mountains and meadows, to formation of a valley lake. Includes scenes of glacier - carved rocks, wildflowers, meadows, rivers, brooks and wildlife. Creates a classroom atmosphere which stimulates inquiry into the need for conservation of America's natural resources and natural beauty. Filmed in Yosemite.
Topics: conservation, Yosemite
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Aug 7, 2015 United States Department of the Army.
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Explains the magnetron and klystron and the basic theory of operation of each. Describes use in radar. U.S. Army Training Film T.F. 11-1567.
Topics: microwave, radar, technology
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Aug 7, 2015 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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Discusses the physical structure of rocks thrust to the earth's surface from geological cataclysms such as volcanoes and earthquakes.
Topic: geology
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Aug 7, 2015 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Uses demonstrations and examples in discussing the origin and composition of sedimentary rocks. Explains methods by which students can learn about the ways in which sediments are produced, transported, accumulated, and hardened into sedimentary rock.
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Topic: geology
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Aug 7, 2015 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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Documentation of the first lunar landing and rock samples brought back by astronauts have unlocked many mysteries of moon geology. This film shows scientists at Houston's Lunar Receiving Laboratory analyzing clues to a once-secret past. Animated segments illustrate the origins of lunar topography. Other segments show how moon rocks provide clues to the origins of the earth.
Topic: geology
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Aug 7, 2015 Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corp.
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Uses principles discovered in the laboratory as a basis for interpreting the characteristics of waves and wave motion on the sea surface. Identifies wind as the most common source of a wave's energy, and points out that observation of waves in a tank reveals that the particles in a wave describe circular orbits of a size inversely related to depth.
Topic: waves
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Aug 7, 2015 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
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Explains by animated drawings, the operation of a radio vacuum tube in terms of its filament, plate, and grid circuits. Illustrates three functions of the vacuum tube in the radio: how it serves as an amplifier to operate the loud-speaker, as a rectifier in detection, and as an oscillator to generate the carrier wave.
Topics: vacuum tubes, technology
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Apr 15, 2015 Johnson-Hunt Productions
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See Palm Springs as it was in the mid-1950s in this promotional film about the El Mirador Hotel resort in Palm Springs, California. It still exists, today repurposed as Tenet Health's Desert Regional Medical Center.
Topic: Palm Springs
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Apr 15, 2015 John Barnes: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Part of the three-part 'Odyssey' series made by John Barnes. Reveals the character of Odysseus through his activities upon his return to Ithaca, concentrating on his heroic qualities of courage and cleverness. Dr. Gilbert Highet explains that these qualities are shown by presenting Odysseus as a new and strangely different kind of hero. For more on director Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Greek literature
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Apr 15, 2015 Ed Schuman; Churchill FIlms
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Looks at life in Russia shortly before the disintegration of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Moscow teenager named Alec. Discusses the ethnic diversity of the Soviet Union, the 15 different republics and the challenge of creating a market system and democracy. Discovers Alec's love of rock music, the importance of literature and warm friendships in his culture and how uncertain times affect a teenager's life.
Topic: Soviet Union
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Apr 15, 2015 John Barnes
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Relates how Clarence Earl Gideon, convicted of a felony in a Florida court, believed that a judge's refusal to appoint a lawyer for his defense violated his constitutional rights. Explains that the decision of the Supreme Court was a landmark in the history of American justice. Director John Barnes describes Gideon in the film as "ex-convict, wanderer, a former gambler, the devoted father of three children, and a man with a deep sense of his legal rights." Barnes, who sent Gideon...
Topics: Bill of Rights, Clarence Earl Gideon, Constitution, Supreme Court
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Apr 15, 2015 March of Time
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From the 'March of Time' series, this fascinating film documents the high-end night club scene of New York City in the post-war years. Scenes and people include the 21 Club, discussing expensive tipping, poor quality food, and showing visitors Orson Welles and Elliott Rockefeller. The El Morocco Club; The Stork Club, showing celebs Jinx Falkenberg, Otto Preminger, and Ed Wynn; Jimmy Dorsey and band at the 400 Club; the Ink Spots singing at the Zanzibar; Greb & Lober dancing at the Embassy...
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Topics: nightclubs, New York, Manhattan, New York City
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Apr 15, 2015 Reginald LeBorg
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Here, Jose Iturbi plays piano and harpsichord, the latter a two-manual unit in a beautiful interpretation of a piece by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Topics: piano, harpsichord, Baroque, harpsichord, jose iturbi
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Apr 15, 2015 David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
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Mar 20, 2015 Dimension Films
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Portrays the images and sensations evoked by a group of piglets sleeping, eating, and exploring a barnyard.
Topic: pigs
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Mar 19, 2015 Dimension Films
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A cine-poem. Presents to primary and elementary school children the sights, sounds, beauty, and rhythm of rain as it comes to living things on a farm and to people in the city. Explains that rain is a source of the water which we use, and that it affects plants and other living things as well as people working in the community.
Topic: rain
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Mar 19, 2015 Dimension Films
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A picture study of cows on a peaceful day in the pasture. Illustrates how they sound and presents close views of textures, colors, and shapes of cows and the activities of a new-born calf.
Topic: cow
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Mar 11, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Explains that during the reigns of strong kings, the Crown had tremendous power, but when a weak king was on the throne, the barons asserted their rights. Dramatizes events after the crowning of John which brought the conflict between kings and barons to a climax and resulted in the signing of the Magna Carta. Filmed in England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: magna carta
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Mar 10, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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Traces the history of England from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the crowning of King John in 1199, dramatizing incidents in the reign of King Arthur, Henry I, Stephen of Blois, Henry Plantagenet, and Richard the Lionheart. Explains how the background of feudalism sets the scene for the meeting at Runnymede, which resulted in the drafting of the Magna Carta. Filmed at Runnymede, England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: magna carta
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Mar 7, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Marcel Marceau discusses his career, analyzes the value of pantomime, and describes the creation of his famous character, Bip. Includes short sequences from various routines featuring Bip. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
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Mar 7, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of his legendary pantomime piece. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
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Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
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Mar 7, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Recreates the conflict of Roger Williams with the Puritan leaders of New England, including his attempts to achieve separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, and protection for minority groups; the heresy trial resulting in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his decision to establish the new colony of Rhode Island. Starring Donald Moffat. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Roger Williams, Donald Moffat
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Mar 7, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An in-depth study of this famous cathedral. "What is the special character of Chartres Cathedral that we should call it the greatest of the medieval churches?" Narrated by New York Times art critic John Canaday, Chartres becomes a visible fusion of faith, engineering and architecture. The camera pictures the cathedral in its awesome entirety, with detailed closeups, and as an enduring triumph of man's skills. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: cathedral
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Mar 7, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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New York Times' art critic John Canady discusses various aspects of several major medieval cathedrals of France, including Conques, Autun, Chartres, Amiens, and Rheims. Explains the symbolism of the architectural and sculptural styles, and pointing out that the cathedral stands as a visable summary of the philosophical and intellectual world of the Middle Ages. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: art, cathedral
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Mar 6, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents geographic and cultural aspects of Italy with an account of one family living on a small farm, who, unlike many Italians seeking modernization, avoid mechanization in preference for a simple way of life. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Italy
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Mar 6, 2015 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents aspects of day-to-day life in Venice, a city that is most renowed for its historic sites and large tourist trade. Tells a story about a boy who loses a prized model ship on the waterways of his city. For elementary grades. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Venice